Marvin E. Newman - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    The collection of Tom Jacobson, San Diego

  • Catalogue Essay

    After studying under Walter Rosenblum, Bronx, New York native Marvin Newman moved to Chicago in 1949 to pursue a Masters at the Institute of Design School. This charming image of a boy blowing a bubble is taken from that period and is likely directly related to Newman’s thesis, “A Creative Analysis of the Series Form in Still Photography” which, among other pictures, included studies of children on the streets of Chicago. Post-graduation in 1952, Newman returned to New York and established himself as a well-known sports photographer. Chicago highlights Newman’s early photographic talents while studying under luminaries such as Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Further adding to its rarity, this print is believed to be the only existing, early print of the image.


Chicago (Boy blowing bubble)

circa 1949-1952
Gelatin silver print.
9 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (23.8 x 16.8 cm)
Signed in pencil, '561 Broadway' copyright credit and 'Exhibition Print' reproduction limitation stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $12,500

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New York Auction 8 October 2015